Racial Profiling Disguised: Countering Violent Extremism Programs and Our Community’s Role [#ArabAmericanSummit]


Are you familiar with CVE programs? CVE stands for "countering violent extremism" and the U.S. government has launched CVE programs as an anti-terrorism initiative. The program is aimed at preventing individuals from joining “violent extremist” groups, but in reality the program may be counterproductive by endangering civil rights. The Arab American Summit will feature a session on CVE programs so participants can understand the program and learn important advocacy steps to prevent some harmful effects.

The Campaign to TAKE ON HATE, a project of the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), has made this federal anti-extremism initiative an area of advocacy focus. TAKE ON HATE opposes and stands against bigotry and hatred of all people. It is a grassroots movement that works to fight against discrimination and establish an equitable society for all. In order to promote education instead of misunderstanding, TAKE ON HATE is publishing a White Paper Series. Check out its website to read previous white papers and learn more about the Campaign.

It’s important to understand CVE programs because they often focus only on Muslim and Arab populations, promoting harmful stereotypes and creating distrust between the targeted populations and their communities. Additionally, CVE programs often further promote flawed theories of terrorism and radicalization which heightens fear, mistrust, and discrimination. Pilot programs are operating in Los Angeles, Boston, and Minneapolis. There are plans to expand the initiative across the United States, making it critical to learn about CVE programs and how they will affect communities. Come to this important Summit session to gain an understanding of the programs and learn valuable ways to advocate for your community.

 “Racial Profiling Disguised” will feature four important panelists who are experts on issues of social justice and advocacy:

  • Khaled A. Beydoun is a Law Professor at Barry University who serves as the Campaign to TAKE ON HATE's senior strategist  and sits on the Campaign’s Leadership Council.
  • Corey Saylor is the legislative director for the Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR).
  • Faiza Patel is co-director of the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program.
  • Samar Khalaf is the president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC).

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This blog post is part of a series that will focus on The Arab American Summit. Check here regularly to stay updated on news, hear about featured speakers, and get a sneak peak at some of the exciting Summit topics!

Blog author: Fiona Bare, NNAAC Capacity Building Intern

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